CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The race for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District seat is officially under way.
Democratic committeewoman Erin Bilbray-Kohn announced her candidacy Monday to challenge two-term Republican Rep. Joe Heck for the southern Nevada seat in next year's election.
Bilbray-Kohn is the daughter of former Democratic Rep. James Bilbray and the founder of Emerge Nevada, a nonprofit organization that works to attract more women to run for elected office and participate in politics.
The 44-year-old mother of two says she's running to protect the middle class.
Nevada's 3rd Congressional District includes Henderson and a big chunk of unincorporated areas of Clark County.
Records show Democrats hold a 10,000 voter registration edge over Republicans, but there are more than 65,000 registered as non-partisan.
Heck was elected in 2010 and re-elected last November.
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